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OMG. Some 18-19 AZ firefighters killed

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by timberfaller, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    More information on the sad sad event.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/01/19-firefighters-killed-battling-arizona-blaze/

    copy and paste the above.
     
  2. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    It will be very interesting to find out what happened.

    Still take a refresher class every year to keep my red card.

    The new shake-n-bakes were suppose to be a lot better and have saved lives since they came out.

    Why didn't they work this time? Time will give the answers.
     
  3. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    That is terrible, I send my condolences out to the families effected

    Terrible way to go, no escape route
     
  4. midalake

    midalake Well-Known Member

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    Just horrible!!!

    Very sad day for my fellow brothers who are Smoke Jumpers.

    Also note the experience level!!! these were "hotshots"

    The best of the BEST!!!! Very tough guys.

    RIP

    GS
     
  5. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    A terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to their families.
     
  6. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

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    Heard the average age was 22. Tragic!!!! Prayers to the families.
     
  7. Avatar

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    A sad business, and terrible for their families. May these brave men rest in peace.

    While firefighting itself does not seem to rank as a particularly dangerous job, see list below, I suspect these guys' "hotshot" specialty was an extremely dangerous type of firefighting--kind of like those folk who specialize in putting out fires in oil fields.

    BTW, I suspect that taxi driving and pizza delivery in certain cities ranks as quite dangerous--would be interesting to see statistics.

    Here is the full list of work-related deaths in 2011 (per 100,000 workers):

    Fisherman (121.2)
    Loggers (102.4)
    Pilots (57.0)
    Farmers and Ranchers (25.3)
    Police Officers (18.6)
    Construction Workers (15.7)
    National Average (3.5)
    Firefighters (2.5)
    Cashiers (1.6)
    Office Admin (0.6)
    Business and Finance Staff (0.5)
     
  8. W.P.T.

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    I can't imagine what they felt when they knew there was no way out, having been in a situation where getting out the same way you came in is not an option I have bailed out second story windows on more than one occasion rather than get burned alive in a burning building ... They knew the risk but we never think it will happen to us ... May they rest in peace in that special place in Heaven for those that have answered that last call ... Condolances to the familys ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  9. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed, RIP

    But don't be shocked when the final report is in, Human error will not be the "WHY" it happened.